“Face ID can be fooled by mask, which means it is not an effective security measure”.
Apple has said in its white paper that the iPhone X Face ID analyzes only specific parts of your facial features.
A security firm called Bkav says they have been able to defeat Face ID with the aid of a mask. But Apple has claimed in the past that in case of identical twins, it may be possible to fool the Face ID system, and that it is working on ensuring that issue is fixed. The firm wrote that while an average user probably doesn’t have much to worry about (unless you are thinking about data access and surveillance issues), targeted attacks will be made possible using Face ID since it’s clearly weaker than a passcode that even sophisticated agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation are unable to crack into.
The nose of the mask was made with silicone.
However given the sophisticated techniques used to create the mask, Bkav says it is government leaders, government workers and high ranking executives that would be the likely target. All in all it cost $150 to make Bkav states that its researchers used a “popular 3D printer”, for the facial frame, with a nose “made by a handmade artist”.
Bkav claims that its affordable technique could potentially be used to target important figures, such as chief executives and politicians.
As detailed in their video below, Bkav’s method involved focusing on tricking Face ID’s depth-mapping technology.
Researchers at Vietnam’s Bkav demonstrate a “proof of concept” spoof of Face ID using a mask.
More worryingly for Apple, the firm claimed that unlocking the iPhone was easier than they had envisaged.
Apple’s iPad Pro update for 2018 will borrow heavily from the iPhone X, reports suggest. Upon successful unlock, Face ID may use the newly calculated mathematical representation-if its quality is sufficient-for a finite number of additional unlocks before that data is discarded.
These users might want to take extra steps beyond Face ID if they want their device fully protected. This security flaw teaches us that even companies like Apple, who claim to be the best, can sometimes make mistakes.
Even Apple had previously admitted the new face ID feature is morefor convenience than absolute security.
So if you’re carrying state secrets or nuclear launch codes in the Notes app of your iPhone X, maybe stick to biometric fingerprint scanning.